Reminding myself of how far I’ve come

OK, so it’s time for a little self love which I feel is way overdue if I do say so myself.

We all go around shouting body positivity and saying fuck what everyone else thinks. You are you and you are unique, so it doesn’t matter what everyone else thinks…Right?

But how many of you actually believe that? How many of you appreciate what you are both inside and out? I don’t, I’ll be honest, but I’m trying.

I fall foul of this and say I appreciate what I’ve achieved but its been that slow a process for the last 12 months or so, that I seem to have forgotten just how damn hard I have worked over the past 3 years to get where I am now.

So without further delay,here are a few of my old pics and a few new ones mixed in too, just to show both you and myself how far I have come and how much progress I’ve made.

Hopefully this will help you as much as I’m hoping it will me.

I definitely recommend this to anyone who feels complacent with their diet or healthy lifestyle and I do try not to call it a diet because it shouldn’t be. But we restrict ourselves if we have a particularly heavy weekend with the booze or food and we shouldn’t.

The aim should be just to live healthier in general, not 4 days on and 3 days off. It doesn’t work that way.

Anyway I’m moving off topic here but what I’m trying to say is, if you are one of those who feel like they are trying to live healthier but are just going through the motions. Find a collection of photos both before, during and at the shape you are now and really look at them and take in everything you have achieved.

If you’re just starting your journey, then find a photo of you where you felt fantastic and use that as a goal to feel as good as you did in that photo. It doesn’t necessarily mean to lose a certain amount of weight but maybe to get better sleep, or learn to find new hobbies to do in your spare time or just to do more fun things that makes you happy.

Whatever it is, hold onto it and remind yourself how well you’re doing and that yes, you ARE ENOUGH.

Woah got a bit deep there.

Speak Soon lovelies, have a fab day!

SIMW

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Foods that keep me on track

Happy Tuesday to you my lovely companions!

Today I am going to do a bit of a post about the things that help me stay on track with my healthy lifestyle. I have a bit of an issue with snacking. Every time I go in the kitchen, I open the fridge to see what goodies I can grab quickly.

In our fridge there are a multitude of biscuits that Lee insists of having with his morning cuppa on a weekend. We have cookies, hobnobs,custard creams and chocolate digestives. None of these are good for me and yet they stare me down every time I open that fridge door and they say, ‘Come on Tash, just one cookie, you deserve it after all that exercise this week’. Sometimes I give in and grab one and sometimes I don’t. So far this week has been a week of not grabbing them because I have maintained my weight for the past 2 weeks and kind of wanted to give it a bit of a nudge to get losing again.

Anyway onto the foods that help keep me on track with my healthy lifestyle and weight loss. First up, we have FryLight:

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I could not live without the use of this stuff as it helps make so many recipes easier and healthier. Of course it’s not as good as not using oil at all but sometimes its needed, like when I make taty wedges for instance!

The next one is an absolute must for me. I almost always have these in my fridge as they are perfect to snack on when you just want a bit of something.

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Crab sticks are top of my list for a go-to-snack (I don’t know why I call them crab sticks as there’s no crab in them whatsoever!). At between 16 and 20 calories (depending on which brand you buy) these really satisfy a craving for something savoury.I got these ones from Sainsbury’s. I could rave about crab sticks all day because I have loved them since I was a little girl and used to steal them from my mum’s diet food stash!

On we go!

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This is code for ‘something chocolatey’. Aero Mousses are TO DIE FOR! At less than 100 calories, these taste so very naughty and indulgent; they are PERFECT if you just need something to take that sweet craving away. These are currently on offer in Tesco as well for £1 I think so grab a bargain!

Next up is the mighty natural yoghurt:

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This makes everything better. I use it in curries, on cereal, mixed in with fruit, and a whole host of other things. It is versatile because it is neither savoury nor sweet. You can add your own flavour to it. Recently I have had it poured over fruit with breakfast and a light drizzle of honey. However, I have also used it when making Chicken Curries to add a creamy texture to them without using actual cream. One problem with this though; make sure you remember its in the fridge as it tends to get mouldy if it’s pushed to the back and forgotten about! (oopsie!)

And now onto the soup!

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I have had this in continuous supply recently due to the freezing cold weather we’re having in South Yorkshire (seriously, there has been snow EVERYWHERE!). I buy this Covent Garden variety when it’s on offer, as it currently is in Tesco  for £1 (yeah that’s where we did our big shop this week). I have a stock of soups in the cupboard and they are just perfect to have when you can’t be bothered to do much of anything else, you’re cold and tired from work and you just want something easy to ding in the microwave, sit down and eat. Also, soup really relaxes me. It must be the action of having a warm bowl of something steamy and lovely, with a big spoon and a piece of bread for dipping whist say cozy in front of the TV.

Anyway, less of the soup porn and more of what I have to show you:

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I think life would be so boring without a cupboard full of spices and seasonings to brighten it up. I add spices to almost everything I make, whether it’s a casserole and calls for italian herbs or whether it’s potato wedges that need a sprinkling of smoked paprika. I love to add zazzy goodness to everything I make. My spice cupboard is ever so slightly out of control but staples I have are salt, pepper, garlic,rosemary,thyme,ginger,cumin,garam masala,chilli powder,turmeric and medium curry powder. In reality I have over 100 different things in my spice cupboard such as; chilli flakes and powder, chinese five spice, sesame seeds and other spices I have accumulated whilst following recipes. It takes a while to grow your spice cupboard, but I cannot recommend it enough. You get an immense satisfaction when you add spices to a dish and it comes out tasting truly amazing. You did that you little spice queen!

Right 2 to go!

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Now I couldn’t do this post without adding cereal to the mix. I love cereal and in particular this Special K at the minute. I got it from Quality Save (or in some parts of the UK, Home Bargains). It is so moreish! I add a chopped banana on top for a tasty breakfast. I also recommend Cheerios, Corn Flakes, porridge oats and Fruit & Fibre. One thing I would say with cereal is if you can, measure it out and check your calorie amount based on how many grams you have. Some cereals can be quite high in calories and so end up doing you a disservice when you want a healthy breakfast. I have mine with semi-skimmed milk which makes it super tasty and better than whole fat milk.

And now the final one:

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Snack bars! I say this with caution. When you buy snack bars/cereal bars, some of them will say how good for you they are and how low-fat they are and you assume they are low in calories and super healthy. ALWAYS CHECK THE NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION.Why? Certain snack bars are extremely high in calories; so when you think you’re grabbing a healthy treat instead of that Kitkat, sometimes it would just be better to eat the chocolate and not the snack bar. These Special K Biscuit Moments are lovely though and at 99 calories for the two biscuits you get in the pack, they are good to satisfy your sweet tooth. I got these Raspberry ones from Poundland but you can get them from Asda too.

Right well those are just a few of the foods that help keep me on the straight and narrow (well sort of). I may do another one of these posts in the future when I think of some more absolute must haves to keep in your fridge and cupboards to aid with weight loss and living healthier.

I would love to know what you have at home to help keep you on track and would love it if you could post it in the comments below.

I am going to go stuff my face with some crab (not really crab) sticks! 😉

SIMW

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Ryvita Thins-A Snacker’s Dream

Does anyone else eat Ryvitas? I got these beauties from Poundland of all places the other day and they are delicious! (Please note, no one has asked me to write this post and I am not being paid to write this, this is from my own experience of eating Ryvitas.)

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You get 10 crackers for 80 Calories so its pretty generous and they definitely satisfy that snacking craving in me. They come with a resealable sticker to encourage you NOT to scoff them all at once. The sweet chilli is not overpowering and it isn’t until you have eaten a good few that you get the kick of chilli. It’s a very subtle flavour, so if you were wanting to spread cheese on, then I would say these are perfect for that. I just scoffed them on my own though as I just could not wait!

It’s not often I shop in Poundland but it’s sometimes good to see what foodie bargains you can grab. I know they have a lot of Weight Watchers foods in there if anyone is wanting that sort of thing. If you local Poundland doesn’t stock these, you can also get them from Asda but they’re more expensive.

Let me know if any of you enjoy a good Ryvita or what your alternatives are for snacks to keep you going through the day.

SIMW

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Monsoon do plus size!

Morning all. I had a mini revelation yesterday when I went shopping to Junction 32 with Lee (the other half).

I went on the hunt for some new work trousers as all mine are ridiculously big now and look like a sack on me. I looked in all the usual places where I knew they did plus size clothes and didn’t find anything.

Lee then suggested Monsoon as we were walking past it.I said that I doubted they did plus size clothing because it just looked like one of those shops for tiny people.

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We went in anyway and started looking at the sale rack to see what we could find. To my shock there were size 18,20 and 22 trousers there waiting for me; I couldn’t believe it! There was one particular pair that Lee picked out that were black with a slight shimmer print all over them; they were ideal for work. I rushed into the changing room with both a 20 and a 22 as I didn’t know how generous Monsoon’s sizing would be. I went for the 20 as I was feeling confident and got them on straight away! I zipped up and looked in the mirror and down at my legs and they were too short. Gutted was an understatement.

So I went home without any work trousers and a bag full of makeup to console myself (seen as naughty food wasn’t an option). Lee said that he wished I would’ve come out and shown him because he thinks that with how big I used to be, that I have a warped way of how clothes should fit me.I told him that they were brushing my ankles and shouldn’t have been as they were bootcut. Anyway, I resorted to altering a pair of work trousers that I had and must have taken off 4 inch altogether. They don’t look brilliant but they will do until I can buy some. This is how they looked before I altered them to show my weight loss.

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So if anyone knows of anywhere that has size 20 black work trousers on offer, let me know as I am in desperate need!

SIMW

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In need of a new wardrobe!

I was having one of those moments this morning where I could just not find anything to wear.

You know what happens.You open your wardrobe,look at what you have and basically have a strop that nothing looks right on you.

Well,although my weight loss has been fantastic and I am in no way ungrateful,it has created another problem. None of my clothes fit me anymore.A lot of them have gone beyond the point of wearing them if they’re just a bit baggy because they are actually MASSIVE now.

I had to throw away my favourite pair of pink skinny jeans today because they are just too big.

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That was a sad moment.

The neck hole in tshirts slip off my shoulder and I get a saggy pouch in my lady area when I’ve got my skinny jeans on,or any trousers for that matter. I wouldn’t mind if I could afford to buy loads of new clothes but I can’t. I’ve had one clear out of all the clothes that don’t fit me and I need to do it again but am running out of things to wear.

I wish I had enough money to buy smaller clothes but at the minute I’m walking round in saggy potato sacks with baggy bras and loose tops.I look ridiculous!

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No one tells you that when you have a big loss,you will be stuck with the bill for a new wardrobe. I have a sewing machine and have basic sewing skills but you can only alter a pair of work trousers so many times before its time to buy new.

I guess I will have to deal with this issue and hopefully slowly build a new slimmer wardrobe over time. Mind you,depending on how well this year goes for weight loss,I could be in the same position this time next year and in need of another slimmer wardrobe!

Here’s hoping,sort of.

SIMW

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